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Singapore 5D4N Itinerary – Guide to The Lion City

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Singapore is the smallest country in Southeast Asia with no natural resources. However, they have one of the most beautiful architectures, jaw-dropping skyline, and unique culture. You must visit Singapore at least once in your lifetime. In this blog post, I will be sharing my Singapore 5D4N Itinerary.

My brother has already visited Singapore twice and he suggested 3 days and 2 nights would be enough to explore Singapore. Although I prefer longer days when I am traveling to a new country for the first time because I can really explore more of the less touristy places. A Singapore 5D4N Itinerary is just enough time to explore the main touristy attractions and their hidden gems. If you prefer shorter trips though, a weekend in Singapore would be great for you.

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Arrival Day

Our flight to Singapore from Manila was at 5 A.M. We flew with Philippine Airlines, the only 4-star airline in the Philippines. The plane arrived earlier and we were able to leave earlier than the schedule. I was shocked because I always fly with Philippine Airlines from General Santos City, my hometown, to Manila. The plane is always big and there are several restrooms. That was not the case for our flight to Singapore, the plane is smaller and there is only one restroom so there’s always a long queue. Even Cebu Pacific Air, the budget airline of the Philippines has two restrooms. But Philippine Airline has an in-flight meal where Cebu Pacific Air doesn’t.

We arrived at Changi Airport before 9 A.M. Changi airport is the best airport in the world and it is not difficult to see why. The first thing we did right after immigration was to pick up the 4G Wifi we purchased from Klook. Instead of buying the EZ card, we decided to buy a tourist pass to save money, since you can have an unlimited ride on their train and bus.

We then took the train to our hotel. If you want, you may also choose to have a private transfer from the airport to your hotel. We stayed at V Hotel Bencoolen. I love how perfect the location of this hotel. Just beside this hotel is already the Bencoolen station, just a few steps from the entrance. Bencoolen station is also just a few train station stops away from other popular attractions like Marina Bay Sands, Bugis, Chinatown, and others. Singapore is a beautiful country and every corner is just so picturesque, perfect for Instagram.

Read: Instagram Worthy Spots in Singapore

11:00 A.M – Singapore Museums

The first thing we did on our Singapore 5D4N Itinerary was to visit the National Museum of Singapore and National Gallery Singapore. They are just a walking distance from the hotel.

Singapore 5D4N Itinerary
National Museum of Singapore
National Gallery Singapore
National Gallery Singapore

You can learn more about Singapore’s culture and history here. The National Gallery Singapore also has the largest collection of Southeast Asian arts.

1:00 – Lunch

Our second stop is the Marina Bay area. It is also just a walking distance from the museums. It was already noon so we were looking for where to have lunch. We went inside the Esplanade mall and there are several restaurants inside the mall.

Singapore 5D4N Itinerary

3:00 P.M – Rest at Hotel

Since we had an early morning flight that day, we were all so exhausted. We decided to go back to our hotel to rest.

6:00 P.M – Singapore Chinatown

We went out to eat dinner in Chinatown. It was just two stops from our station. I love seeing the festive atmosphere in Chinatown and it is also a great place to find great deals. You can also buy your souvenirs here.

2nd Day

On our second day, we went out a bit late. When we travel, we usually start early to make the most out of our trip and avoid crowds. There’s no need to rush in Singapore though. I love how you can be laid back and chill in this country.

10:00 A.M – Singapore ArtScience Museum

Our first stop is the ArtScience Museum. I love the architecture of this museum, you can only find it here in Singapore. The main attraction of this museum is the light installation.

Singapore 5D4N Itinerary
Singapore ArtScience Museum
Singapore ArtScience Museum
ArtScience Museum

After exploring the museum, we just hang out in the area and enjoy the beautiful view of Marina Bay Sands and the Central Business District Area.

Singapore 5D4N Itinerary

3:00 P.M – Singapore Chinese & Japanese Gardens

We took a one hour train ride to visit one of their less touristy attractions. The Singapore Chinese and Japanese Garden is a very peaceful garden, perfect for strolling. You might feel like you are no longer in Singapore when you visit these gardens.

Singapore 5D4N Itinerary
Singapore Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda
Singapore 5D4N Itinerary
Singapore Chinese Garden
Singapore Japanese Garden
Singapore Japanese Garden
Singapore Chinese Garden
Singapore Japanese Garden

The Singapore Chinese and Japanese Garden are located near Jurong lake. If you want and if you have more time, you might want to also check out Jurong Bird Park

3rd Day

On our third day, we spent the whole day at Universal Studios Singapore. It was the first Universal Studios Park that I visited. I also got to visit the one in Osaka a few months later. The park in Osaka has Wizarding World of Harry Potter while the park in Singapore does not have one.

Singapore 5D4N Itinerary
Universal Studios Singapore

I love the Puss and the Boots hanging roller coaster ride. Puss and Kitty also have a performance and they will be very happy to meet and take photos with guests after their show.

Universal Studios Singapore

Overall, it was a fun day. I always love theme parks and I visit one whenever we travel. For dinner, there are a lot of restaurants outside the park. We ate at Malaysian street food, which is an indoor restaurant but the interior makes it look like you’re outside. There are also different stalls inside which gives you more options. The vibe is similar to hawker centers at night time.

Universal Studios Singapore is part of Sentosa Island. There are still more places to explore on the island. If you have more time, you might want to check out :

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Day 4

It was the second to the last day of our Singapore 5D4N Itinerary. On our fourth day, unlike the second day, this time, we went out really early. We wanted to avoid the crowds so we could take beautiful photos without photobombers.

8:00 A.M – Gardens by the Bay

Our first stop is the Gardens by the Bay. Since the area around the supertree grove is open to all. We went earlier than the opening time so that we can have the place pretty much to ourselves. We were able to take photos without photobombers. There were only less than ten people when we arrived.

Singapore 5D4N Itinerary
Singapore 5D4N Itinerary
Gardens by the Bay

After taking photos of the Supertrees, we explored the two greenhouses. The Cloud Forest is known for the huge indoor waterfall. The Flower Dome has a different theme depending on the season. When we visited, the theme was Sunflower Surprise.

Singapore 5D4N Itinerary
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay

12:00 P.M – Lunch at Newton Food Center

No trip to Singapore is complete without eating at a hawker center. We decided to visit Newton Food Center, which is also the place where Nick and Rachel visited in the film ‘Crazy Rich Asians’. It’s very clean and spacious. There are different food stalls. You can find different cuisine such as Singaporean, Malaysian, Indian, Chinese, and Korean. We ordered local dishes such as the Cereal Shrimp and Bak Kut Teh.

2:00 P.M – Singapore Botanical Garden & National Orchid Garden

If you love nature then Singapore Botanical Garden is perfect for you. You can also find the National Orchid Garden inside the Botanical Garden. I love seeing beautiful orchids with different colors.

National Orchid Garden Singapore
Singapore 5D4N Itinerary

6:00 P.M Gardens by the Bay Night Show

After exploring the botanical garden, we went back to Gardens by the Bay to watch the night show. We actually come here every night just to watch the beautiful night show since it’s just a few stops from Bencoolen station.

Gardens by the Bay

We actually planned to visit either Clarke Quay or Chinatown for dinner. But since it was already our last night in Singapore, we decided to just eat at one of the restaurants near the Supertrees. We really enjoyed the night show that we even watched the second showing. The night show is definitely one of my favorites for this trip.

Gardens by the Bay

Day 5

Our flight was still at 8:00 P.M so we still have time to explore the city. We decided to visit Haji Lane, Arab Quarters and the Merlion. We had our breakfast at McDonald’s at Bugis station and it’s unique compared to other branches. You select your order through the touch screen, then you wait for your number at the counter to pay for your order. It was raining when we got to Haji lane and because of that, there were no crowds. We were able to take photos without any photobombers.

Singapore 5D4N Itinerary

The rain started to get heavier so we decided to go back to Bugis station. We decided not to visit Arab Quarters anymore. Instead, we went back to the hotel again since it was really raining hard that morning. We just rest and pack our things.

11:00 A.M Hotel Check out & Merlion

When the rain died down and the sun was finally up, we checked out of our hotel. Since we are not heading to the airport yet, we left our luggage at the lobby first before heading out. The Merlion is an iconic symbol of Singapore. You cannot leave Singapore without visiting Merlion. We already saw the Merlion when we visited the Marina Bay area but we were on the other side. We wanted to see it up close.

Singapore Merlion
Singapore 5D4N Itinerary

2:00 P.M Changi Airport

Changi Airport is an attraction in Singapore. There’s also a new attraction which is Jewel that has the largest indoor waterfall in the world. We wanted to try out the Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Singapore at Changi Airport. It is unique because it is not the usual Hello Kitty cafe that is full of pink decorations. After we had our late lunch, we just explored the Changi Airport.

Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Cafe

8:00 P.M Flying Home

This is the end of our Singapore 5D4N Itinerary. Singapore is a four-hour flight from the Philippines. We arrived in the Philippines around midnight. If you have read my previous posts, you would know that I love Japan. I love anything related to Japan, anime and manga, kawaii culture, Japanese food and etc. Even though I love traveling to Japan and it is my favorite country, I really enjoyed my time in Singapore. It is also starting to become one of my favorite countries. I would definitely love to visit Singapore again.

I thought Singapore 5D4N Itinerary would just be enough time but there are still more places to explore. I still have a lot of places that I want to visit in Singapore. If you have more than five days in Singapore, here are some of my suggestions:

  1. Singapore Zoo
  2. Singapore Night Safari
  3. Singapore River Safari
  4. Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck
  5. Singapore Flyer

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Ever since starting her travel blog on April 2019, Fae has loved taking photographs of new places and sharing them online. Now, in her 20s, take a peek in her life as she pulls you into a world of travel, food and lifestyle.

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